MISSION & PHILOSOPHY

MISSION & PHILOSOPHY

The Ubud Yoga House opened March 20, 2014, on the United Nations International Day of Happiness, with the intention of sharing the joy of yoga with others. Our mission is to make yoga accessible for Every Body and create an atmosphere where everyone has a sense of belonging and feeling of connection with others and the environment.

Ubud Yoga House is a socially conscious business with a profit-sharing model that provides all teachers and full-time Indonesian employees a share in the profits of the company. The business model also supports the John Fawcett Foundation by sponsoring mobile eye clinics offering free eye care and cataract surgery for Indonesians living near Ubud. We strive to make a positive impact on the Indonesian society and economy.

The founder is Sheila Burch, an American, who grew up in Seattle, Washington and lived for many years in Santa Barbara, California. Sheila first came to Ubud in 1985 while backpacking through Asia as part of a two year trip around the world, and in 2013 she moved permanently to Ubud, Bali, and opened the Ubud Yoga House.

She began her yoga practice in 1981 in Santa Barbara, California and has studied yoga in India, Nepal, Thailand, China, France, Azerbaijan and Bali and attended the world renowned Ramamini Iyengar Yoga Center in Pune, India in September 2013 where she studied directly with the Iyengar family.

Sheila has practiced mindfulness meditation and studied Buddhist philosophy for many years. In April 2017 she attended the Introduction to Buddhism course at Kopan Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal, and in September 2017 completed the Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness workshop taught by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Omega Institute in New York. In March 2018, she participated in Google’s mindfulness program, Search Inside Yourself, at the Green School in Ubud, Bali.

Sheila is a world traveler and an international educator who has taught in international schools around the world for the past 20 years . She is a Yoga Alliance certified teacher and is the lead teacher for the 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training programs and also teaches Mindfulness Meditation and various yoga classes at the Ubud Yoga House. Sheila’s youthful spirit, enthusiasm, and positive energy are an inspiration for all who visit the Ubud Yoga House.
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